Research Officer


PhD (Psychology), 2018

MClinPsy, 2018

Areas of interest:

Social relationships (e.g., empathy); Inter-group biases; Family and couple relationships; Evidence-based interventions.



Journal Articles

Cao, Y., Yusri, N. M., Powell, T., & Cunnington, R. (2019). Neural and behavioural markers of observed pain of older adults. Neuropsychologia (in press).

Waters, A. M., Cao, Y., Kershaw, R., Kerbler, G. M., Shum, D. H. K., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Craske, M. G., Bradley, B. P., Mogg, K., Pine, D. S., & Cunnington, R. (2018). Changes in neural activation underlying attention processing of emotional stimuli following treatment with positive search training in anxious children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 55, 22-30.

Cao, Y., Dingle, G., Chan, G. C. K., & Cunnington, R. (2017). Low mood leads to increased empathic distress at seeing others’ pain. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 2024. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02024

Zhao, Q., Neumann, D. L., Cao, X., Baron-Cohen, S., Sun, X., Cao, Y., Yan, C., Wang, Y., Shao, L., & Shum, D. H. K. (2017). Validation of the Empathy Quotient in Mainland China. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100(3), 333-342. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1324458

Cao, Y., Contreras-Huerta, L. S., McFadyen, J. J., & Cunnington, R. (2015). Racial bias in neural response to others’ pain is reduced with other-race contact. Cortex, 70, 68-78. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2015.02.010

Yan, C., Cao, Y., Zhang, Y., Song, L. L., Cheung, E. F., & Chan, R. C. K. (2012). Trait and state positive emotional experience in schizophrenia: a meta-analysis. PLoS One, 7, e40672. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040672

Yan, C., Liu, W. H., Cao, Y., & Chan, R. C. K. (2011). Self-reported pleasure experience and motivation in individuals with schizotypal personality disorders proneness. East Asian Archives of Psychiatry, 21, 115-122.

Zong, J. G., Cao, X. Y., Cao, Y., Shi, Y. F., Wang, Y. N., Yan, C., Abela, J. R. Z., Gan, Y. Q., Gong, Q. Y., Chan, R. C. K. (2010). Coping flexibility in college students with depressive symptoms. Health and Quality of Life Outcome, 8, 66-72. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-8-66

Conference Presentations:

Cao, Y., & Causton, C. (2019). A holistic case management approach to elder abuse prevention. Social Connection in Older Age Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.

Cao, Y., & Lloyd, K. (2018, August). Evidence Supporting Three Non-therapy-specific Supervision Models: A systematic Review and Case Example. 19th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

Cao, Y. (2018, July). Evidence-Based Supervision Model for Mental Health Practitioners: A systematic Review. Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference, Townsville, Australia.

Cao, Y. (2016, June). Effect of Induced Sadness on Neural Responses to Other’s Pain. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, Switzerland.

Cao, Y. (2015, June). Low Mood Leads to Increased Empathic Distress for Others’ Pain. Australasian Social Neuroscience Society Conference, Brisbane, Australia.